The Writers Lab was co-founded by Elizabeth Kaiden, Nitza Wilon, and Kyle Ann Stokes, with New York Women in Film & Television.
The Writers Lab US is a four-day writers workshop that gives women (cis, trans, and nonbinary) screenwriters over the age of 40 in the US and internationally the opportunity to work intensively on their features and pilots with the support of established film professionals. Mentors and Writers engage in a rigorous process of intensive script development through one-on-one meetings, panel discussions, peer workshops, and mock writers rooms. Interactions are designed to inspire the artists; to prompt creative exploration; and, through revision, to cultivate first-rate cinematic stories.
Mission and Values
It is critical that we amplify the voices of women in their prime whose stories have not been told. We are working toward a new landscape where the female narrative is in equal proportion to the male narrative, and where shared stories strengthen our ties to one another and empower younger generations.
We are committed to storytellers who identify as women, yet we do not limit our search to stories about women. The Writers Lab seeks well crafted scripts, in all genres, exploring universal themes, using a full range of cinematic tools.
Past Writers Lab mentors include Jessica Bendinger (Bring It On, Aquamarine), Susan Cartsonis (Carrie Pilby, The Duff), Lisa Cortes (Precious), Amy Fox (Equity), Pamela Gray (A Walk on the Moon, Music of the Heart), Caroline Kaplan (Time Out of Mind, Personal Velocity), Meg LeFauve (Inside Out, The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys), Darnell Martin (Cadillac Records, I Like It Like That), Gina Prince-Bythewood (Secret Life of Bees, Beyond the Lights), Theresa Rebeck (Smash, The 355), Mary Jane Skalski (Win Win, The Station Agent), Kirsten Smith (Legally Blonde, Ten Things I Hate About You), Frida Torresblanco (Disobedience, Pan’s Labyrinth), Pat Verducci (Disney/Pixar), Ligiah Villalobos (Under the Same Moon, Firelight).